Books and reality and art are the same kind of thing for me.
-Vincent Van Gogh
The foundation of this blog is the bi-weekly How To Become a Writer interview series, with insights from today’s writers about, well, how to become a writer. Or at least how they did it. The rest of the posts are mostly about things related to the writing life: writing, publishing, procrastinating, pondering, schooling, and longing. If you notice a disproportionate number of posts about Prague or Frank Lloyd Wright, that’s because I’m writing about them.
Phrequently Asked Questions
What is a Ph.D. in Creative Writing?
It’s a misnomer.
The degree is technically a Ph.D. in English (my exam areas were American Literature and Theories of the Novel) with a creative dissertation (mine was a novel).
For a bit more on US vs. UK programs, check out my blog post.
Should I get a Ph.D. in Creative–er–English with a creative dissertation?
It’s not a bad way to go.
Click here to read a bit more of a rant on the question: To Ph.D. or Not to Ph.D.?
How long does it take to get a Ph.D.?
It depends, but the usual schedule looks something like this: 2 years of course work + 1 year reading/taking exams + 1 year dissertating = 4 years.
I did it in four years; some friends took longer.
Can I get an M.A., an M.F.A., and a Ph.D.?
Yep. I got an M.A. and Ph.D. at the same school, but many new doctoral students came from M.F.A. programs.
Where can I find a decent list of MA, MFA, and PhD programs in creative writing?
New Pages has a nice linked list. And here’s a handy search program by AWP so you can find exactly what you want. And here’s a blog to compare notes and generally stress yourself out when you apply: Creative Writing PHD Blog: A Forum for Applicants to Doctoral Creative Writing Programs. (highly recommended, highly dangerous)
Will you answer other questions?
Sure, just post a question in the the contact box. (It will be sent directly to me.)
So far all of the phrequently asked questions are just things I made up.